“Juneteenth” Historic Marker for Daviess County African American Soldiers

June 19, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Daviess County Courthouse


Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, is a holiday or observance in many US states to celebrate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.

This new historical marker, honorably placed and dedicated at the Daviess County Courthouse lawn, recognizes slaves and free men of color from Daviess County, who enlisted with the Union Army and served in the Civil War.  This marks a new chapter in Daviess County history.

After the marker dedication service, we will go to the Owensboro Museum of Science and History (122 East 2nd Street) for the official opening of an African American exhibit,

“A Journey Shared: African Americans in Daviess County”

featuring photos, artifacts, and information about Daviess County’s African American citizens.

There will be a free reception and a short talk on tracing African American roots.